COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Remaining icy patches on roads and sidewalk prompted several schools around north Georgia to cancel classes Monday.
Cobb County is the closest county to Atlanta which has decided to cancel classes because of icy roads. County officials admit some section of roadways are okay and passable, especially the further south ones in the county, but after consulting with law enforcement, rescue crews, and they Georgia Department of Transportation, they decided traveling to school would be too hazardous.
FOX 5’S Marissa Mitchell checked out some of the roadways Sunday night. EMC Parkway still had a sheet of ice right in the middle of street even two days after the ice came down.
The roads in front of McClure Middle School and Bullard Elementary Schools in Kennesaw were also show similar conditions with ice thick enough to skate on coating the streets. Sidewalks and crosswalks were just as bad for pedestrians as the streets were for drivers.
A lot of drivers were taking their time, trying to work their way around some of the icy patches, but several hilly location, the FOX 5 News crews found were still a struggle to climb and overcome.
“The fact is this is making it safer for family and friends to not have to worry about getting stuck on a bus or the bus getting stuck in a ditch or something like that even though some of the roads are dry there are still those occasional back roads that people live on and you can’t get to them so you don’t want to keep kids in harm's way,” said Huston Parson, who was spotted helping drivers.
Many tried, but failed to get out and through the mess Sunday. FOX 5 News received several photos of flipped or crashed vehicles especially in Paulding and Cherokee Counties. One of those cars ended up on its side stuck in a frozen creek.
Banks, Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and Whitfield counties as well as the cities of Bremen, Calhoun, Cartersville, Marietta and Rome have all confirmed their school districts will not open to students for class on Monday.
Catoosa and Douglas counties as well as Dalton city schools will open two hours later than normal Monday.
Carroll, DeKalb, Fayette, and Fulton counties as well as the city of Atlanta public schools are on a regular schedules Monday.
FCS will be closed on Mon, 1/9/17. It will be an online learning day, with ES on the A schedule, and MS and HS on... https://t.co/BPLDsf0YwI— Forsyth Co. Schools (@FCSchoolsGA) January 8, 2017
Bartow County Schools are closed Monday, Jan. 9. When possible, 12-month employees are to report. pic.twitter.com/i8NN8upSD4— Bartow Schools (@bartowschools) January 8, 2017
Due to icy conditions around the county, the Paulding County School District will be closed for students and staff Monday, January 9, 2017.— Paulding County BOE (@pauldingboe) January 8, 2017
Cherokee County School District schools and offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. #SafeCherokee— Cherokee Co. Schools (@CherokeeSchools) January 8, 2017
FOX 5 Storm Team Meterologist Jeff Hill said the highs will creep well above freezing on Monday for most of north Georgia allowing some of those icy spots to melt off, increasing the chance of school for Tuesday.
No word on if the school districts will need to make up the days at a later date.